Miami-Dade commissioner introduces legislation to regulate ride-sharing services

Chairman Jean Monestime calls for tougher regulations

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A Miami-Dade County commissioner is taking on Uber by introducing legislation to regulate it.        

Chairman Jean Monestime said he wants to regulate ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to better protect the people of Miami-Dade County.

He's proposing a new ordinance that includes certain requirements for drivers, such as background checks and stricter requirements for what type of insurance drivers can carry. He is also pushing for fines and pickup fees that other cab drivers have to pay.

"I've heard from many people, mostly Uber drivers," Monestime said. "They have expressed concern that this legislation is opposed to the industry --that is simply wrong."

"Chairman Monestime's ordinance, simply put, is intended to drive Uber out of Miami-Dade County," Miami-Dade Uber general manager Kasra Moshkani.

"What I want to do is put the cabs and Uber on the same level. I don't want to bring it back to the cabs, I want to kind of liberate the cabs and make them come to the 21st century," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.

County commissioners are scheduled to meet again to discuss this issue Wednesday.